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Russia is working on more retaliatory measures - Kremlin

Yahoo - DRC - 21 hours 9 min ago
Russia is working on possible additional retaliatory measures in case Western nations impose new sanctions, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. We have repeatedly said that Russia is not an advocate of the sanctions rhetoric and did not initiate it. He said the scope of further Russia sanctions would depend on the type of measures that Western nations may adopt in the future.
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US shale presence helps John Wood Group's core profit

Yahoo - DRC - 21 hours 22 min ago
(Reuters) - John Wood Group Plc , a British energy services company, reported a marginal rise in EBITA for the first half as strength in its production services business was offset by weakness in other divisions. The company, which designs, builds and maintains oil and gas facilities and pipelines, said it continued to expect full-year earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) to increase from last year, led by its production services segment. EBITA for the six months ended June 30 rose to $243.9 million ( 146 million pounds) from $243.2 million a year earlier. Wood Group said EBITA from production services rose 47 percent, helped by an increase in U.S.
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US won't reveal records on health website security

Yahoo - DRC - 21 hours 23 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.


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Cairn Energy reduces staff to stem costs

Yahoo - DRC - 21 hours 30 min ago
By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) - British-based oil explorer Cairn Energy Plc said it will trim its business to keep a lid on costs as it continued losing money over the first half of the year, with its Indian business under investigation by tax authorities. Cairn pared its first-half loss to $62 million (37 million pounds) after tax from $219 million a year earlier, when it was hit hard by impairments booked in its Indian business. Indian tax authorities are investigating Cairn's tax payments dating back about seven years, having already targeted companies including oil major Shell , South Korea's LG Electronics and France's Cap Gemini in a broad crackdown as India seeks to reduce its budget deficit. "Cairn has re-confirmed with its advisers that throughout its history of operating in India the group has been fully compliant with the tax legislation in force in each year," the company said.
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China should cut interest rates - govt researcher

Yahoo - DRC - 21 hours 35 min ago

By Xiaoyi Shao and Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - China ought to loosen monetary policy further through "modest" cuts in bank lending rates and reserve requirements by next year to spur economic growth, a researcher at a government think-tank said. Chen Dongqi, deputy chief at the Academy of Macroeconomics Research - which is affiliated to China's top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission - said the Chinese economy is losing momentum as domestic demand softens. Although China is on track to meet this year's economic growth target of 7.5 percent, Chen said surprisingly weak loans in July, when the amount of money flowing into the economy hit a six-year low, were not to be shrugged off. The shrinking amount of cash flowing into the economy will harm economic growth," Chen told Reuters in an interview.


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Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

Yahoo - DRC - 21 hours 58 min ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed — a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans.


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Hong Kong Law Society president resigns amid China democracy debate

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 1 min ago

By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - The president of Hong Kong's Law Society resigned on Tuesday after a no-confidence vote exposed a growing determination by traditionally conservative lawyers to challenge perceived threats by Beijing to the business hub's judicial independence. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, to protest against what they see as interference by Beijing in the affairs of the city, which returned to China in 1997 under a 'one country, two systems' style of rule. Law Society President Ambrose Lam angered many of the society's 8,000 members by voicing support for controversial statements from Beijing that Hong Kong judges needed to be patriotic, and for praise for the Communist Party of China.


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U.S. teen held after mother's body found in Bali tested for pregnancy

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 2 min ago

Indonesian police said on Tuesday they have tested a U.S. No charges have been brought in connection with the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose body was found in the bloodied case outside the luxury St. Regis hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali, last week. Her daughter, Heather Mack, 19, and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday and detained as suspects. Bali police spokesman Hery Wiyanto told Reuters Mack had told them she was pregnant, but police were not able to confirm this.


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U.S. bars all American airlines from flying over Syria

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 9 min ago

Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat." The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avoid flying over Syria. "The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation," the FAA said in a statement. Airlines have been paying close attention to flight paths over conflict zones since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile last month while flying over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia separatists are fighting Ukrainian troops.


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Syrian fencer enjoys cut and thrust of Youth Games

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 16 min ago
NANJING China (Reuters) - Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games. With no coach to talk tactics with, or fencing team mates to lift his spirits, Shaheen lost all of his epee bouts and made an early exit from Nanjing. Medals were never his target, though. Shaheen said his team's goal in China was to fly the flag for Syria, which is mired in a civil war that has killed 170,000 people since 2011. "If I just come from here without any result, I think Syria is still good,” he said. “Our athletes wanted to show the world that Syria is here. ...
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Olympics-Syrian fencer enjoys cut and thrust of Youth Games

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 23 min ago
Syrian fencer Mohammad Shaheen has cut a lonely figure at the Youth Olympic Games. With no coach to talk tactics with, or fencing team mates to lift his spirits, Shaheen lost all of his epee bouts and made an early exit from Nanjing. Shaheen said his team's goal in China was to fly the flag for Syria, which is mired in a civil war that has killed 170,000 people since 2011. "If I just come from here without any result, I think Syria is still good," he said.
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Grayling denies prison crisis amid another damning report

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 25 min ago

Chris Grayling was forced to deny there is a prison crisis today, after another damning report by the prisons inspector painted a bleak picture of staff-shortages and violence.


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Lead contamination scare hits Heinz infant food in China

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 40 min ago

Heinz said on Monday it had recalled four batches of a cereal product for infants after regulators in eastern China said they had found lead that exceeded regulation levels in its AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal. Infant products are particularly vulnerable to food safety scares in China after powdered milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine led to the deaths of at least six infants in 2008.


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Australia says to restore intelligence and military cooperation with Indonesia

Yahoo - DRC - 22 hours 43 min ago
Australia and Indonesia have agreed to resume intelligence and military cooperation, officials from both countries said on Tuesday, ending a rift that erupted late last year over Australian spying. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott will travel to Indonesia to sign the new "Joint Understanding of a Code of Conduct" with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Indonesia's outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Australian media said. "We have reached agreement on the joint understanding and we are currently arranging a time to sign it," Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corp., without giving further details.
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Iraq Crisis: IS Threatens to 'Drown' Americans in Blood

Yahoo - DRC - 19 August, 2014 - 00:24

The Iraqi Islamic State militant group has threatened to "drown" Americans in blood. In a video message, the Sunni insurgents vowed to launch attacks on US interests "in any place" if Washington presses ahead with its airstrikes in Iraq, according to a Reuters report. The video also showed a photograph of an American national who was beheaded by Islamists during the Iraq war. The message has come when US President Barack Obama hailed the American intervention in the latest conflict in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.


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Australia to release some children from immigration detention

Yahoo - DRC - 18 August, 2014 - 23:36

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government announced plans on Tuesday to release scores of children from immigration detention centres, following criticism from human rights advocates that detaining minors is detrimental to their mental and physical health. It will grant freedom to around 150 of the 876 children currently held in detention centres on the Australian mainland and on remote islands. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said children and their families in centres on the mainland who arrived before the introduction of tough new laws in mid-2013 would be released into the community on bridging visas by the end of the year while their applications for asylum are processed. Minors being held in offshore detention centres and those born in Australia to asylum seekers since a cut-off date of July 19 would be excluded.


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Police fire tear gas, stun grenades at Missouri protesters

Yahoo - DRC - 18 August, 2014 - 23:34
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman. The police action came after hours of street protests that had been tense but mostly peaceful, Reuters witnesses said. (Writing by Jon Herskovitz and Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Paul Tait)
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Humans of New York Goes Global

NY Times - DRC - 18 August, 2014 - 23:00
The creator of the popular photography blog Humans of New York, which focuses on street life in the city, is now documenting the everyday lives of people near trouble spots around the world.
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House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked

Yahoo - DRC - 18 August, 2014 - 22:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats' uphill effort to oust Republicans from their majority is sitting on a $56.7 million pile of cash heading into what is shaping up to be a costly fall election season, campaign officials said Monday. House Republicans again lagged in fundraising but reported $47.5 million saved and ready for ads.
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Attacks on aid workers worldwide hit worst levels on record

Yahoo - DRC - 18 August, 2014 - 21:55
By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of attacks on aid workers soared last year to the highest level on record, with Afghanistan the most dangerous country to be a humanitarian, a report on Tuesday said. In all, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 wounded and 134 kidnapped in 2013 – a rise of 66 percent compared with 2012, according to the Humanitarian Outcomes report, published on World Humanitarian Day. It said three quarters of the attacks took place in Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Pakistan and Sudan amid worsening violence. There were 81 attacks in Afghanistan alone.
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